New Calvinist Bible – Limited Atonement

The following post is a satire, written from the perspective of an overzealous Calvinist.

This post is part of a series on the New Calvinist Bible (NCB) – a new Bible translation designed to show Calvinism in all its glory. Click here to start at the beginning of the series.

Limited atonement (also known as “definite atonement”) is a doctrine offered in answer to the question, “for whose sins did Christ atone?” The Bible teaches that Christ died for those whom God gave him to save. Christ died, indeed, for many people, but not all. Specifically, Christ died for the invisible Church — the sum total of all those who would ever rightly bear the name “Christian”.”

Quite why a new Bible translation is needed to make this doctrine any clearer, I just don’t know. It’s so obvious from traditional Bible translations that even Calvin never bothered to state it explicitly. Still, for the sake of those who still have doubts, the following sample verses show how no one will question this doctrine any longer:

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our the sins of the elect, and not for ours the elect only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone the elect.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world elect!”

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all the elect.

1 Timothy 2:3-6 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all elect people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all the elect, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any of the elect should perish, but that all the elect should reach repentance.

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world elect.”

Psalm 145:8-9 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all the elect, and his mercy is over all that he has made elected.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I would never have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and because you were not willing elect!

Romans 5:18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men the elect.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost elect.

Romans 11:32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all the elect.

2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought did not buy them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

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Unless otherwise indicated, all pre-Calvinization scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. This content was produced without any involvement or endorsement of these entities.

7 thoughts on “New Calvinist Bible – Limited Atonement

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  4. Romans 5:18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men [the elect].

    Calvinists and Arminians agree with this clarification of the phrase “all men”. So it would fit with the “New Arminian Bible” as well. Only universalists should object. Since the Scriptures are clear that not all are saved, it is perfectly appropriate to say that only the elect are saved. How about this amplification?

    Romans 5:18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men [every person ever born], so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men [every person who believes].

    Again, both Calvinists and Arminian should agree with this amplification. A uniquely Arminian amplification for the NAB would be:

    Romans 5:18 Therefore, as one trespass led to [potential ultimate] condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to [potential ultimate] justification and life for all men.

    From the Arminian point of view, though men are born in sin and condemned already because they have not yet believed in the Son of God, they are not yet ultimately condemned in hell and still have the potential (along with every other person ever born) to believe and receive justification/eternal life.
    2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any [of the elect] should perish, but that all [the elect] should reach repentance.

    Peter is talking to believers (you) who are part of the elect, so again, use of the amplification “elect” should be no problem for Arminians. After all, only the elect repent and avoid perishing. But if Peter is referring only to those currently saved, then his argument makes no sense. There is no need for God to be patient toward those who are already saved from perishing. Obviously God is patient toward those who have not yet believed but will believe one day. The “you” refers to both present and future believers who comprise the totality of “the elect”.

    If God is just “wishing” that none perish, it sounds like he is procrastinating, since He knows that many will in deed perish. Certainly God is “willing” to condemn sinners to hell. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but neither does He hesitate to execute His perfect justice. If on the other hand God is not “willing” (KJV) that any of the elect perish (both those who already believe and those who will one day believe) then it makes sense that He wait until all those who will believe, do believe.

    Again, I see no reason why both Calvinists and Arminians can’t agree on this point. Election is a wonderful truth that can and should be embraced by both sides of this argument.


    • Thanks, Dana. Yes, election is great! I think both “sides” generally do believe in election. They disagree on how election works. My views on how it works are set out in my post in the Romans series (linked above) covering Romans 11:7 – would be interested to hear your thoughts.

      You refer to “the elect… who will one day believe” – I don’t think the Bible refers to people who will believe but don’t believe yet as being elect before they believe. Paul seems to rule this out in Romans 11 (again see my post on that for details).

      God bless

  5. The elect refers to the house of Jacob-Israel and also those whom God picked out Gentile believers in Christ coming from the different nations, tongue and culture of the world. The entire Gentile world will not be saved, only those whom Christ offered His life were the legitimate beneficiaries of Christ’s death on the cross – (John 10:11, 15 Christ said : ” I lay down My life for the sheep”). Although they were not yet existing before the foundation of the world, they have been identified already by God and their destinies that will come to pass… as they come to faith in Christ.

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